Buggenhout

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Location in Belgium
Location of Buggenhout in East Flanders
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Coordinates: 51°00′N04°12′E / 51.000°N 4.200°E / 51.000; 4.200 Coordinates: 51°00′N04°12′E / 51.000°N 4.200°E / 51.000; 4.200
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province East Flanders
Arrondissement Dendermonde
Government
  MayorTom Van Herreweghe (NCD)
  Governing party/iesNCD, BAL, SP.A, VLD
Area
  Total25.25 km2 (9.75 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01) [1]
  Total14,475
  Density570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Postal codes
9255
Area codes 052
Website www.buggenhout.be

Buggenhout (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɵɣə(n)ɦʌut] ) is a municipality in the Belgian province of East Flanders in the Denderstreek. The municipality comprises the towns of Buggenhout proper, Briel, Opdorp, and Opstal. On December 31, 2013, Buggenhout had a total population of 14,444. The total area is 25.25 square kilometres, which gives a population density of 572 inhabitants per square kilometre.

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Buggenhout is also known for its forest, the "Buggenhoutbos", which is the largest forest of East Flanders.

The geographic centre of Flanders lies in Opdorp.

Buggenhout has two breweries, Bosteels Brewery (known for the "Tripel Karmeliet", "Deus" (a champagne beer), "Kwak") and De Landtsheer, now called Brouwerij Malheur (known for "Malheur").

Etymology

The original meaning of the name is "beechwood" or "beech forest" (in modern Dutch: Beukenhout). The name is derived from the Middle Dutch Bucghenhout from Old Dutch Bukenholt. Buken comes from Proto-Germanic *bokjon (Modern Dutch: beuken, Old English: becen (beeches)), holt from *hulta (Modern Dutch: hout (bos), Old English: holt (forest)). Buggenhout still contains a small forested area called Buggenhoutbos.

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